Episode 38 - "Jimi Hendrix"

The final episode of Hometown Baghdad.

Viewer Comments

Good luck Adel. I wish you the very best. I hope you can work on your jump shot somewhere safe. To the cameramen, producers and everyone involved with Hometown Baghdad: Congratulations--you have created something truly special. Thank you for providing a unique perspective on the lives of these young men in Iraq.
Posted on: June 19, 2007

good luck dude , i hope we can meet again , u rock
Posted on: June 19, 2007

jimi hendrix !.... cool , thats right adel is a very cool guy , he can be ur friend in 5 second , and thats the most amazing thing about him , he wont refuse any kind of people , adel my man we r all with u
Posted on: June 19, 2007

Hey dude, You rock. Keep on rockin'.
Posted on: June 19, 2007

Good luck to all of the HTB gang, and thanks for sharing your stories with us. You've made a lot of new friends over the last 38 episodes - people who genuinely care about what happens to you all, so stay safe and keep in touch.
Posted on: June 19, 2007

my heart goes out to everyone involved in this series. thank you for enlightening me with what its like to be living in a war torn country. i have reposted every video to all my american friends. i have found that most people in america choose not to know the reality of how terrible this war is. adel, i wish you the best in life. may god bless you.
Posted on: June 19, 2007

Adellllllllllllll , u re doing great man .......Really you are a brave man and I adore my friend , my brothers likes ur english ... I really miss Al Sayd Club we spent wonderful times there I was playing tennis rathar than basketball , I just wish you to be safe and dont try to be brave any more lol , God Bless you my brother . NB. you can get a job easily in Dubai as an engineer , wish you the best dear Brave Iraqi Guy .. Zaid Al Bender
Posted on: June 19, 2007

Thank you so much to the cast and crew of Hometown Baghdad. Following this series has been a remarkable experience.
Posted on: June 19, 2007

Thanks for this inside view of Iraq. Even though I am skeptical, I hope things improve over there.
Posted on: June 19, 2007

Mission accomplished!! You all know how I feel about you my friends and how I feel about this amazing project.. I am glad I had the chance to see it everyday. So thank you all! When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix So meet you all then...
Posted on: June 19, 2007

This HTB podcasts/ website has just been wonderful. I pray for the safety of every person in thisl. While I know that my country may not be appreciated in Iraq, just know that many people over here pray for you all, for peace in the Middle East, even in the whole world, and friendship. And keep playing your music. Metal is just amazing, My favorite shows were probably "Adel Songs of Pain" and "Over Here and Over There." I hope that one day, we will all meet. Good luck to you all.
Posted on: June 19, 2007

Thank you for everything, Adel! YOU DO ROCK!!!
Posted on: June 19, 2007

Congrats on so many wonderful, inspiring episodes from your beautiful country. Tis a shame what is happening there now, for i hope one day Adel, you and your family, friends can find peace and solitude some where safe. Its a sad world, when you have to watch your back, just to shoot a few hoops. Your 38 mini documentaries, was an eye opener for us all around the world. You and your family, friends took my chances to film your stories, and for that we thank you. May god bless you and yours.. be safe. Ps.. good choice on Jimi Hendrix! =D He truely is a guitar god and rock icon.
Posted on: June 20, 2007

Adel... I wish you finish your school this year, graduate and travel abroad ...May God keep you safe , brave guy , and by the way u look like Hollywood actors ....And take care of yourself .. Please
Posted on: June 20, 2007

i wanna thank you all guys for giving the world the chance to know who we are and what we are ! and thanks to all people who supported you on this and all i can say is Keep going becuase you are the best and i really proide to have guys like you . and i hope we can hear about you soon so please keep intouch as much as you can ..may god keep you and all your families safe..good luck
Posted on: June 20, 2007

*BRAVO* ! All I can say Adel is that your spirit is admirable and inspirational. I loved hearing your friend describe you. :) God bless you, your friends, your family and Iraqis who long for peace.
Posted on: June 20, 2007

I just wanted to say thanks to Hometown Bagdad - Mike, Adel, Saif, Ausama... through these short videos I felt somehow connected to people across the world. It was very powerful - I laughed, I cried, I understood. I really can't say I see a positive end to the situation in Iraq right now, but I will keep hoping! Good luck to you all.
Posted on: June 20, 2007

Adel, I hope you can keep in touch with Ausama since the two of you are still there in school. I am much older than you guys. I actually saw Jimmi Hendrix in concert. He wore a purple shirt and moved so fast on stage that it was like seeing a flash of purple. Of course he played Purple Haze. Keep on keeping on over there and take care of each other.
Posted on: June 20, 2007

jim , my man u really saw hendrix , thats awsome dude , im jelous over here .
Posted on: June 20, 2007

My friend Adel, thanks for your courage, thanks for your hope. I wish you all the success in your study and all the peace in your life. Keep on living, keep on being you because you are so valuable for Iraq. Best, Ahmed
Posted on: June 20, 2007

Adel, Your incredible ability to remain the person you are even while facing such overwhelming situations as you face daily is proof that your heart remains pure. An example of what I’m saying is in the comment you made about having not played basketball in a long time and having been better in the past, as if expecting us to see you in any lesser light because of your abilities on the court. It is impossible for me not to recognize you as an amazing person who’s ability to continue to dream allows us all to believe there is hope. Not just hope, but also a real chance that humanity can and will change for the better with people like you in our midst how could it do otherwise? Further, I want to thank all of you for your continuing to be available to all of us allowing us into your lives. I am sad … I feel as if I have lost friends when I see that this is the last Home Town Baghdad installment … but I am also happy to have been able to get to know such strong, confident and determined young men. Thank you again, Peter Brown
Posted on: June 20, 2007

latef, The Hendrix concert was memorable. I also saw The Beatles, Grateful Dead and so many others I can't even remember. I never saw the Rolling Stones, though. They are still around those old rockers:) Saif and his friend are very talented with their guitars. I think they have a career together doing that and for Adel, he should always try to have a band wherever he is. Lots of old boomers my age still play in a band, even if it's a garage band of old guys.
Posted on: June 20, 2007

Thanks Adel. Ending on a slightly hopeful note, even though we know that overall things aren't so up beat. Stay safe. xo CG.
Posted on: June 20, 2007

Adel I wish you the best man I hope all your dreams and aspirations come true. Your a great person..... you deserve it. I also wish the all the other cast members involved the best of luck. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your lives and letting us laugh and cry with you guys. Keep the hope alive!! Peace, James LONG LIVE IRAQ, NO MORE NATION BUILDING OR POLICING THE WORLD!
Posted on: June 21, 2007

Adel, Ausama, Saif, all HTB band, all viewers, Bonjour et merci!! I just discovered this docu serie 3 days ago and I just couldn't stop watching the series and thinking about you guys! It was really amazing to get to know you, shared this little moments with you, laughed, depressed and feel so powerless. When watching HTB, sometimes you feel like you would like so hard to change the world, do something and feel guilty to have such an easy life just worrying about how you will dress to go to the club tonight. But then, after some time you realize that in fact it is these little moments of joy, of futility, of innocence when you forget about war, human destruction...these moments are the best, you really feel alive and that's what makes us all connected. All around the world, same generation, different cultures but same reference, same stupid joke, same smile. It is amasing how you guys remain me friends or relatives, just make me realise that it could have been any of us at your place. I am really sad it is the end of the serie because, like the end of all series you feel like the story is closed whereas in fact, HTB could have begin just today. The situation remains the same, a few days ago new american operation Arrowhead Ripper, how many civils involved? And last Tuesday explosion near Al-Khallani mosquee in Baghdad, 87 deads, more than 200 people injured....Now I just pay more attention to the new in Irak, hope none of you have been hurt....I also had a look on Google Earth, Baghdad seems to be such a nice city, hope to visit it one day. Any way I has glad you all conducted this project, for this thanks you so much. I believe we live in a new era where internet will reveal a global community and solidarity, I feel like I can't do much today to change the world but hope later I would be able to create project like Chat the planet or HTB. Wish all you the best, if you come in France or Beijing, just contact me. Sorry for this very long post :p kiss XXX
Posted on: June 21, 2007

I feel empty, where am I going to get my fix of Adel, Ausama and Saif now? You guys, as well as the crew, are incredibly brave and inspirational. You are full of hope and courage. The situation in Iraq has not broken you, instead it's made you grow into giants. I love you all and wish you all the best. Live your life to the full. All my love.
Posted on: June 21, 2007

"I can't choose how I'll die, but I can choose how to live" Good quote. Adel, you rock. Keep on rocking. Keep on hoping. All of you, keep on living. You are all great people, and thanks to everyone involved in this.Thankyou for bringing humanity to the inhumane. My heart is full. HB team, your work in inspiring, Im so jealous of your jobs! :P Ausama, Said, Adel, and friends and family. Thankyou. Best luck, peace, love and wished. Good vid peeps.
Posted on: June 21, 2007

Thank you so much guys for this, i didn't know there was such a program untill now. all the things that u said in this and the feelings u were feeling ,i was feeling and wanted to shout to the whole world and let them hear my message , i left baghdad recently and i know and understand everything u feel and i am more than glad that now people know what it is like over there in baghdad and what is really happening. and most importantly they know that we are normal people just like them and we used to live normally until now and we wish a 1000 time everyday that this whole situation is over and we go back again to our real life because we don't deserve this and don't deserve what is happening to us. Thank you so much again and wish you all the best luck and take care of yourselves guys ,don't risk it. :)
Posted on: June 21, 2007

Adel, I love your Iraqi spirit. Your statement, "I can't choose the way I die, but I am going to choose the way I live" was very powerful. Seeing you lift the Iraqi boy made me think of how you are really going to be lifting all of Iraq up when you have your Engineering Degree and am helping your fellow countrymen rebuild Iraq's infrastructure for all of Iraq's children including your own someday to enjoy. Good luck to you. Watching you continue to live your life in very very difficult circumstances was very powerful to watch. Salaam....
Posted on: June 22, 2007

"life is what we make it" awesome dude! what you guys did over there is incredible. all the danger you guys have overcame to complete this remarkable series, is indescribable. dude great accent! i can't even imagine how and where did you learn it. this series has been the place where i get my weekly update on what happened to the life i once lived and loved. be safe bro, and hopefully one day you'll live where your life isn't in a constant danger. HTB team Greaaaaaaaat job! thanks to all of your work and sacrifices, this mystery is solved! All Adel, Ausama, Saif good luck, and hopefully one day you all get what you want. Mawtini Mawtini...... Where is mawtini? it is gone long ago.
Posted on: June 22, 2007

Thank you Fady, Mike, Ziad, Adel, Ausama, Saif and the rest of people who contributed to HB. What you've done is just amazing. I've seen every episode from the very first day and just thinking this is the last one made me so sad... I'll miss you, guys! Take care, keep safe and enjoy life! xxx s
Posted on: June 22, 2007

that's Gunner Sgt here... Welcome back mate :D
Posted on: June 22, 2007

By the time we are wrapping up telling the stories of our cast, I would like to show my gratitude and appreciation to Adel, Ausama, Saif and their families and friends, for their patience, strength and determination, and for opening their hearts and homes for us throughout this project. I would also like to thank and show my respect to my dedicated and loyal crew that stuck with me without any hesitation or fear during the hardest times of the shooting, and for their inspiring strength and fortitude that gave us all the energy to finish the project successfully, and I would also like to thank all the people in Baghdad who helped us make this project doable for that matter. And of course we are very thankful and grateful to the staff of Chat the Planet and the post-production crew in New York to give us a chance to tell our stories from the heart of Iraq to the world, and for their excellent shaping of the stories. And also thanks to the faithful viewers who overwhelmed us with their love, kindness and support since the first episode. I hope this is not the end of Hometown Baghdad, as Mike said there will be a new website for it, and I definitely hope that this is not the end of such projects from Chat the Planet. Keep up the good work! Good luck to Adel, Ausama and Saif, in your lives, and please Adel, TAKE YOUR ULTIMATE CARE in Baghdad! I wish you all the best in your future, and of course, a better life. Let’s work together for a better, more peaceful world. Fady Hadid Producer Baghdad
Posted on: June 22, 2007

So many Americans are wondering what the USA should do at this point and many would value Adel's, Ausama's and Saif's opinion. I hope someday the new website will post their views as to what the USA should do.
Posted on: June 22, 2007

I saw a "News to Me" video on the news this morning on Headline News and it noted your site in conjunction to speaking about the graffiti art and self/social expressions of it. I was 100% supportive of the war in Iraq because I wanted your ex-leader out, he was cruel and self-motivated by his own selfish wants. I thought we were doing the Iraq citizens a favor, not so much in making Iraq like us, I don't want that, but I thought the women and young folks deserved the right to make choices of their lives and futures, something they seemed to be lacking under that other leader's rule. But after watching bits of your video clips I realize we have just be another victimizer and continued the victimization. You don't have a better life, you don't have a safer life, you don't have a freer life. I know it isn't ALL us, there are the Shites and Sunnis who are taking advantage of our interference and our trying to get a handle on it is only perpetuating it, not stop or fix it. So, I will stop telling people to support the "war in Iraq" and I will quit defending our president's position. I do agree at some level he is right in that (1) we are in more danger from extremists if we don't make a point of strength and retaliation, and (2) we can't just leave your innocent citizens at the hands of the extremists, BUT we also can't continue to steal your youths and freedoms with our presents and efforts. My prayers will be for your peaceful freedom. Gayle Herron
Posted on: June 23, 2007

Hello everyone, it has been only a few months since we shot this video and I can't believe how much worse it has got. anyways allow me to say a few things, I am honored to had the chance to participate in such a project. I would like to thank the brave Iraqi crew for everything.. the talented Ziad turkey, nizar and fady hadid who is a great guy. I also would like to thank everyone at chat the planet for taking interest in showing life in Iraq in such a professinal way..can't forget to mention mike who is an amazing person. and I want to thank Ausama and saif for the great job that they did. and thanks to all the of viewers and everyone who had posted comments...lelly, tracy, james, zaid, nadia, paty,Gunner Sgt, samara, ljm, peter, clevergirl..forgive me if I forget to mention the others but thanks for all of your encouraging and sweet words, it meant alot to me. unfortunately, I don't think peace will come anytime soon, perhaps the worse is yet to come, it's the truth. Adel June 2007 Baghdad
Posted on: June 23, 2007

Adel my prayers are with you I am but one American but myself and 100's of thousands of people are doing everything we can to get our troops out of there and restore and support your country from the place we should be, back home. This war is not just I once believed in my government. They have taken away our dignity and countries like Iraq bear the burden of these consequences. We the People of America need to wake. Yes Saddam was evil but this is not the issue. He needed to be taken out but not at the expense of 700,000 Iraq people. I ask my brothers in America to stand with us in the final stand of our people we have lost our freedom. Now they are going to regulate the internet and freedom of speech will be gone before you can even say "where did it go". We need a president that is not funded by big groups that have hidden agendas. Meaning no Neo-Cons that is Dem and Republican. I urge for you to look at the candidate Ron Paul who has been silenced by MSM main Stream Media. American soldiers and Iraqis are dyeing for oil this is not what were about! He is the top searched person on the internet. His campaign has raised over 5 million dollars in 2 months from the American people. He has stood against the Iraq war since the beginning. He has been a member of congress for 10 years. He has never voted to raise taxes. He was against the lucrative pension plan that congress recieves, in fact he returns 50k a year back to the USA treasury. These are only a few facts and media would have you believe he is crazy for wanting to get rid of Americas private bank the FED reserve. The patriot act has enabled us to do pre-emptive strike wars he is the only one that said we are going after Iran and has clearly stated they have done nothing to us. He believes the biggest issue in America today is pre-emptive war. We don't have to police the world or nation build this will only cause Blowback cited in the 9/11 commission report. Sincerest Regards, James Sugra Americas last hope! RP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG_HuFtP8w8 "We can not change the world with a barrel of gun" Congressman Ron Paul presidential candidate
Posted on: June 23, 2007

Thank you. I've watched your reporting and have felt a strong sense of empathy for you. Because you are an artist, because of the risk you choose to take to play the kind of music that you play, and because you are an inspiration. I am not living in a war zone, but I live in the country that started the war you are suffering through. For me? my country has imposed a war upon my concsience. War, war is everywhere... Be well, Adel. Strive to stay alive. The whole world is on your side.
Posted on: June 25, 2007

The Carnival of the Liberated... Welcome to the Carnival of the Liberated, a sampler of some of the best posts of the week from Iraqi and Afghan bloggers. This week we've got some very small signs of hope, the death of a poet, some new blogs, and much, much mor......
Posted on: June 26, 2007

We are here in Brazil praying so that all can live in peace, many times of the side of my children, I think will be that the world does not see that this people is suffering, that the freedom if its children had been pulled out by are cold war, a war that shows interests, not á as to see a thing of this in I silence, My God opens the eyes of these people is destroying other people, that sin they had committed, to suffer in such a way thus.
Posted on: June 26, 2007

what a bunch of awesome people.. allah maakum!
Posted on: June 26, 2007

Thank you guys for this videos. I think it is really a good idea in order to allow the rest of the world to know what is really happening in Irak, what normal people are living. Besides, i really appreciate the courage of all those boys who dare to say what they think. Good luck Adel, you deserve the best ;)
Posted on: June 26, 2007

Just want to say thank you for a very good documentary about your life. I feel sorry for everything bad that has happend to you and i hope you will succeed with your future plans. It is interesting when you can see how the life goes on with you iraqis. I know that this is a bad time there, just because of my girlfriend also has gone thru this war. She is also an iraqi and from baghdad aswell. Im glad that she came to sweden (alhamdulillah) and because we got the oppertunity to meet each others and now were planning to marry each others too Insh'allah. I just want to wish you the very best luck. Insha'Allah you will make your dreams come true! Ill cross my fingers from you! / Viktor from Sweden
Posted on: June 27, 2007

To Gayle and those who have thought like her... waging a war on someone's country is almost NEVER going to be doing them a "favor". You may be helping some of the people in certain areas, but you aren't helping the country in general. And you will ALWAYS be taking life. I firmly believe it's our President's job to keep our country OUT of war, not plunge us headlong into it. It's called a Department of Defense, for just that reason. How can we possibly defend ourselves when our resources are overseas?
Posted on: June 27, 2007

These 38 episodes of Hometown Baghdad have been more riveting and dramatic than anything coming out of the major networks. Kudos to the cast and crew and I can only hope that you all stay safe. And while the news on Iraq is all doom and gloom filled with car bombs and suicide bombers, watching Hometown Baghdad gives me hope that someday Iraq will become a free and stable country. Peace be upon you. Salaam Alekum. Vaya con dios.
Posted on: June 28, 2007

thank you for a much needed and wonderful website.i'll let all my friends and other know about Hometown Baghdad.great work!! keep it up guys!. with love john from U.S.A
Posted on: June 29, 2007

Adel, I wish America had more people as thoughtful, insightful, and as compassionate as you. If we did, I think these troubles would not exist. Thank you to all 3 of you guys for enlightening the world to the human side of this war. What you have done is having a direct and huge impact on the perceptions of people all over the world, and that can only help to stop the madness that is Iraq today.
Posted on: June 29, 2007

You have faith in your country,for now it's total chaos don't dicourage yourself ,I like see life(all of you pal)in the center of this madness that is hope for a better future soon,I like you Irakian your proud and brave,Adel rock on!Be careful realy like what your doing. I'd like to have citizen like you in Canada,salaam
Posted on: June 30, 2007

Is it a direct way to help you Adel,excuse my english I'm french speaking
Posted on: July 01, 2007

I am currently a student in the college of education. I will graduate in December but must finish my student teaching first. I believe it is essential for me as an educator of future american voters to cover the Iraq war. I have been opposed to the Iraq war and occupation since the begining, I am glad to see that most of the country is catching up in the belief that it is just wrong. I am so excited to use these videos as a part of my lesson plans for next year. Students need to see and understand the truth of what is really going on in Iraq and how it effects the live of everyday Iraqis. I think that mainstream media does no justistice in covering how lives have been turned upside down because of this war and what it is truly like to live in a war torn country. I want my students to 'meet' you all by showing them these videos that have truly changed my life and helped me to develop and deeper understanding. I pray for the safety of you, your friends, family and your country. May God watch over you all and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing these lessons to me, a world a way. I have learned so much from you all.
Posted on: July 04, 2007

Adel good job buddy.u did an outstanding work introoducing the life of millions of iraqi young men to a world doesn't know anything about us, that's exactly what's going on in here thank u for doing this job and remember that many young men like u are risking thier lives to have a better future may god keep u and all Iraqis safe inshallah ALI TAEE BAGHDAD AL HABEEBA
Posted on: July 04, 2007

I just finished watching the last viedo, I am sorry about your Uncle. You guys have givin me so much. I have learned so much about you all. It has givin me so much insite into your reality. And here in america one of your Iraqie brothers has givin me a job, when I needed one so badly. God Bless all of you, and all of us. Each day I start my day with a prayer for peace in the world. We will all see each other again, if not here on earth, than in the great beyond, where all of us will be Brothers and Sisters. Peace be with you, all of you.
Posted on: July 04, 2007

Adel, Your spirit is uplifting. You are determined not to be consumed by all the atrocity surrounding you. I remember you saying in episode five that the "important thing is that you do something," and you referred to joining a band or other groups. I think that belief is key to remaining strong in your situation and gives direction for those who are losing hope. One common saying in America is to "keep your chin up" meaning one should not look down but rather keep moving forward. So Adel, keep your chin up and take comfort in knowing that many are praying for you.
Posted on: July 08, 2007

Adel... you are so good-looking, it's mind-blowing, I can't take my eyes off of you:) Please, stay safe because you absolutely must pass these good genes on!:) I already have an Iraqi boyfriend but now I want two:) But in all seriousness, I love your rich, poetic soul and you are such a profound person, what an integrity and wisdom you have! I would love to keep in touch or help you with anything you might need. All of you, guys. Let me know... You, guys, shine! Shine on!
Posted on: July 15, 2007

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Posted on: July 18, 2007

Absolutely fucking amazing to watch these clips. I am humbled to see the reality you must bear everyday. Thanks very much for sharing your lives with the rest of us. I pray more people wake from their slumber to end this madness. I wish you all nothing but the best in your journey. And im glad I found you guys.
Posted on: July 19, 2007

Jimi Hendrix . wow I couldn't think of a better name , Jimi is My Idol . he is the man , and since Im living just like Adel and this episode is exactly what happens to me when I try to go swimming (same things exactly) so Im really thankful to all the guys who risked their lives to put this in its best look and make the world relate to us, the Iraqi youth ......... I really hope that this won't end up here , and i wish people get to see more videos .... God bless you all ...
Posted on: July 19, 2007

Thank you for posting your stories. It is inspiring to see a young man with your attitude in the middle of a hell created by forces you have no control of. I wish you the best and may the occupation end and may your country get back to normal sooner than later.
Posted on: July 21, 2007

Adel, You are the future of your country. I was part of the hell that took your country away from you in 2003, broke the backbone, and is now trying to give it back. I am sorry our government ruined such a golden opportunity for the future of your culture and society. I appreciate your vision and want to say thank you for being a leader. You are a glimpse of hope that should be at the forefront of mainstream media. Good luck, be strong, and stay safe. Joe (former soldier - OIF 1)
Posted on: July 29, 2007

Adel, you are truly a gift to your country and to the world. Your stories are amazing, I hope you can make a movie out of it one day. I wish more Americans knew what your life is like and what you are going through in Iraq. I'm sorry that the leaders of our country have made such a mess of your country. My hope is that we will elect someone better in 2008 who can change the current course. Much love and peace to you.
Posted on: August 01, 2007

Adel and everyone: all the best to you. My heart goes out to you for what you're going through, and I'm truly humbled by your courage and great hearts. I wish for saner, safer days for you all soon and will do my best to bring your amazing work to the attention of everyone I know. I hope and pray it will make the difference in redressing the great wrong my country has done to yours. In peace, Grace
Posted on: August 16, 2007

dear all who werk in this series i just finished the last film. when i started i couldnot stop. all of you: you are the real Irakis. you are representing the SILENCE MAJOURITY. MOWAFAKIEN allways
Posted on: August 17, 2007

May God Be With You All!
Posted on: August 22, 2007

Adel, all best wishes to you! Many thanks to you all for sharing a part of your lives with us. God bless you and keep you all safe from harm. (PS - As a young teen, my husband saw Jimi three times and, in fact, played lead in a band called "Purple Haze". I have to smile when I think of his skinny fourteen year old self singing "Foxy Lady". Music is magic!)
Posted on: August 31, 2007

I watched every episode of Hometown Baghdad the moment I heard about it. It pains me to see not just the physical wounds, but the psychological and emotional ones people living in a war-zone endure everyday on my computer screen. However, I have seen these familiar faces in person in a different war-zone. I saw the mysery in Afghanistan. I saw limbs, blood and bombs on the streets. I saw the hurt on the injured, the dead and survivors' faces. I saw their tears. When I was alone, I shed mine. I'm a U.S. Soldier, and I have been around Soldiers of all types of specialties and rank for nearly three years now. The vast majority of them wish no ill harm on Iraqis, Afghans or any other innocent country's civilians. I know our invasion has caused a lot of pain and mysery, but I ask everyone who's watched this, and the Iraqi citizens, to know that most troops sincerely want those people to live in peace. For those who've had their faith and trust in us broken, I am sorry. I just hope and pray that Iraqis will someday view us as good people again, as many did when the war first began. I also hope and pray that we'll all realize we're not that much different from each other. Culture, religion and tradition may differ, but at our cores, we just want to live in peace, security, freedom, and live a long, happy life with our friends and family. That is the greatest lesson my deployment taught me. That we all want the same things in life. It showed me our common ground. We are all truly brothers and sisters. God Bless Iraqis, - A U.S. Soldier.
Posted on: September 11, 2007

I am the mother of a young man, also in a band, also in school. As I watched Adel speak, I was moved to tears and I continue to feel the sting of fresh tears springing forward when I recall how he struggled to maintain his composure. He is an exceptional young man and I pray he continues to share his story, continues to survive and thrive. I am so deeply ashamed of what we have allowed Bush to do- stealing the last election so he could continue this atrocity. Now, when I speak out against the war, I will hold Adel in my heart, next to my son.
Posted on: October 13, 2007

Best of luck with everything u do!
Posted on: October 31, 2007

I saw this web site on tv.Reality of war is a terrible thing.I wish you all the best.Take care and god bless you all
Posted on: November 26, 2007

I saw this web site on tv.Reality of war is a terrible thing.I wish you all the best.Dnt risk your selves.God bless you all
Posted on: November 26, 2007

hey man congratz on graduation! stay strong over there...
Posted on: November 28, 2007

the only option for me is to live, the only option for me is to see, the only option for me is to know, the only option for me is to love, the only option for me is to stay, the only option for me is to forget, the only option for me is to dream, the only option for us all is to believe in adel, he is fresh, sonny, and clean in a dirty day. amaal al zahawi wrote, (it is not hard to read the water, harder ist giving a hand ). much harder is dreaming in baghdad. adel and all the others, dont stop dreaming, lets dream together....the sweetest dream......together. Hilal
Posted on: February 11, 2008

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  1. Brains on Campus

  2. The Dentist

  3. Forbidden Salad

  4. Powerless

  5. Songs of Pain

  6. Abdullah Leaves

  7. Symphony of Bullets

  8. Last Resort

  9. Iraqis Shooting Each Other

  10. Mentally F'ed Up

  11. Saif Heart Noor

  12. Exams

  13. Hidden Camera

  14. Barbwire

  15. Kiss and Tell

  16. Across The River

  17. Hubbly Bubbly

  18. Anger Pain Death Madness

  19. Security

  20. Liberation

  21. My Best Friend Zaid

  22. Sick of This

  23. Iraqi Man

  24. Troops

  25. The Palace Maid

  26. Beggar At the Gate

  27. Market Boom

  28. Tickets & Popcorn

  29. Nothing But Guitar

  30. Over Here and Over There

  31. City on the Sea

  32. Goodnight, Baghdad

  33. Out of War

  34. Back to Baghdad

  35. Trouble finds Its way

  36. Zaghareet

  37. One of Thousands

  38. Jimi Hendrix